All eligible vehicles are assessed by the Irish Car of the Year jury, comprising 35 of the most experienced motoring journalists in Ireland. Irish Car of the Year members road-test each car individually at least once, by attending launch drive events for each new model or by taking cars on week-long drive appraisals.

There is also a refresher drive day at Mondello Race Circuit in Co. Kildare in October each year, where all eligible cars are made available for jurors to perform new or ‘reminder’ drive appraisals.


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